How can I do more to help the planet?

We’re lucky in Portsmouth to have quite a few shops that can help us lower our carbon footprint. Here are a few of them listed below. Come along to our Staggering Green Walk on Saturday 25 September to discover more and exchange ideas afterwards over a drink. Places are free of course, but please book so we know how many people to expect.

Wild Thyme – 102 Palmerston Rd, Southsea, Portsmouth, Southsea PO5 3PT All its products are vegan. Plastic-free vegetables, loose nuts, pasta. Bring your own containers for washing up liquid and washing detergent.

Package Free Larder – 76 Elm Grove, Southsea, Portsmouth, Southsea PO5 1LN. Portsmouth’s first plastic free supermarket.

Fruit, flowers & Pet Supplies, 169 Eastney Rd, Southsea, Portsmouth, Southsea PO4 8EA Sells lots of loose fruit and vegetables. Bring back the strawberry punnets so the farm can fill them up again.

Supermarkets -bring bags and buy your fruit and vegetables loose and grown in the UK. Buy products with less plastic.

You can also have your milk delivered in glass bottles by the milkman!

Visit the regular Hampshire Farmers market and cut down your food’s travel miles. The next one will be held in Palmerston Road on 19 September.

Buy second hand for a great bargain. We have lots of great charity shops in Portsmouth selling furniture, books, clothes, shoes, ornaments and much more.

Websites you may find useful

Portsmouth Climate Action Board – find out what’s happening locally to reduce carbon emissions.

Recycle at home

Portsmouth Repair Café

Love Food, Hate Waste

Oceans. Get plastic-free toilet paper that’s been produced in the UK.

8 lazy ways to be environmentally-friendly (Friends of the Earth)

WWF Carbon Calculator

Eat more plant-based food.

The guide to freeing your soil by Depaving.

Top tips to shopping organic on a budget.

Top tips to recuing your carbon footprint.

This is obviously not an exhaustive list. Let us know what links you’d like to share – using the comment form or by emailing